On the 16th of August my parents celebrated their 48th wedding anniversary with a cup of tea and a box of Dairy Milk. We took the mickey at the romance of my Father and their simple tastes (he once bought my mum a lawnmower for her birthday) but it got me thinking about long lasting relationships and what it takes to ‘see it thorough’ as it were.
You see August also marks our second wedding anniversary and our 16th year together (we took a while…) but I’m proud of this as we, like my parents, have had out fair share of ups and downs, arguments and ‘will we won’t we’ moments but still we bit the bullet and said ‘I do’.
I think it’s seeing my parents argue…be loved up…argue again…hold hands that has been a little bit of an influence on me and how I view my relationship; I don’t want to give up on us so we fight through our difficulties and we’re determined to make it work, more so now that we have our little stinker. It works for us and I am quite proud that we’ve been together so long.
My Top Tip For Love
A few years ago we had problems and as part of the making up we were both made to read the Five Languages of Love which is a book that helps you find out your ‘love style’ and helps you to understand your partners too. For me it was spending time together and for him it was physical closeness (of the hand holding variety!) it helped us loads to be able to think from the others perspective or maybe do something we’d have bypassed before without realising how importnant it was to the other.
It is a fantastic book and one that’s worth referring back to, I can’t tell you how many times I have leant it out or recommended it. It’s definitely my top tip for a long lasting relationship – read that book!
Win 1 of 3 Love Hearts Hampers – How To Enter
In reference to the August anniversaries I have teamed up with Love Hearts to win 1 of 3 Love Hearts Hampers (pictured below). Love Hearts are also celebrating their 60th anniversary this year so doesn’t it all tie in nicely?!
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